The short-handed Boston Bruins bounced back quickly after their
season high-tying win streak came to an end. They’ll try to keep
heading in the right direction during a home-and-home series
against the last-place Buffalo Sabres.
The Bruins will seek their sixth victory in seven games Thursday
night while trying to deny the Sabres a rare win streak.
Boston (23-9-2) is missing six players, most notably forward
Loui Eriksson (concussion). Shawn Thornton is appealing his 15-game
suspension, and Chris Kelly (leg), Dougie Hamilton (lower body),
Daniel Paille (concussion) and Adam McQuaid (lower body) are also
“With the injuries we have, we’re really relying on everybody
right now,” center Gregory Campbell said. “It’s not about coming in
and just playing. It’s about actually trying to contribute. We need
help from (the minor league call-ups) and from veterans. Everybody
has to be at the top of their games in the situation we’re in.”
Milan Lucic played in a 2-0 victory over visiting Calgary on
Tuesday after reportedly being involved in an altercation in his
native Vancouver following a 6-2 loss Saturday that snapped
Boston’s four-game win streak. Lucic had two goals and an assist in
the Bruins’ only meeting with Buffalo this season, a 5-2 victory
Torey Krug scored a pair of third-period goals as Boston
improved to 2-0-1 in its last three games against the Sabres
(8-23-3) and earned its second straight win in Buffalo.
The Sabres enter this matchup having earned at least one point
in a season-high three consecutive home games, going 2-0-1, and in
four of their last five (3-1-1). They had their highest scoring
output of the season at the First Niagara Center in a 4-2 comeback
win over Winnipeg on Tuesday.
Buffalo scored three goals in the third period with Matt Moulson
putting his team ahead for good with a power-play score at the 2:31
mark. The Sabres were 0 for 21 when trailing after two periods.
“The one thing we’ve tried to work on is our consistency,” coach
Ted Nolan said. “If you keep going, usually good things happen. It
was nice to see the team rewarded for never giving up and
continuing to work. We got the breaks when we needed them.”
Buffalo recorded its only back-to-back wins Nov. 12-15, and Cody
Hodgson will try to help the team do it again by adding to his four
goals and two assists in his past six matchups with Boston. Hodgson
had an assist Tuesday after missing two games with a lower-body
The Sabres also got defenseman Alexander Sulzer back after a
five-game absence due to an upper-body injury, leaving Cody
McCormick as the team’s only injured player. McCormick is expected
to miss the next four to six weeks because of an upper-body
Bruins leading scorer David Krejci has three goals and five
assists in his last eight games against the Sabres. He also has 13
points in his last 12 overall (three goals, 10 assists), and was
credited with assists on both of Zdeno Chara’s goals Tuesday.
The Bruins and Sabres will wrap up their two-game set Saturday
night at the TD Garden.